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Martyn Taylor joins JJLA

16/02/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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UK author Martyn Taylor has joined the John Jarrold Literary Agency. Martyn has had a number of short stories published in SF Fantasy magazines and in computer games magazines.

He has written for television and radio (and been paid for it) without ever quite getting anything produced. And he’s written numerous book and film reviews in the specialist SF magazines.

As a novelist, he is particularly interested in the possibilities of what might be happening just beyond the edges of perceptions, but is also interested in exploring the possibilities of conventional fantasy.

His new novel, HAPPYLAND, is a fantastical work, set mostly in our world but taking in the realms of imagination and a family whose sins echo over three generations. It mixes real-life horrors with dark fairy tales that would make the Brothers Grimm shudder.

‘I’ve been talking to Martyn about his writing for a number of years,’ said John Jarrold. ‘HAPPYLAND is a remarkable book, in its plotlines and characterisations. Think of Neil Gaiman crossed with Jonathan Carroll, and then sprinkle originality over the mix. Terrific!’

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